Review | Apolonia by Jamie McGuire (@JamieMcGuire)

16 May 2015


Pages: 385

"They killed me, but I survived."

Three years after Rory Riordan foiled her own murder, she still trusts no one–not Dr. Z, the eccentric college professor who has taken her under his wing; not Benji, the endearing, attractive classmate who insists on following her around; and certainly not Cy, the beautifully dark and mysterious boy who sits in the front row in Dr Z's Astrobiology class and asks far too many questions.

When Rory witnesses Cy being abducted by soldiers in the middle of the night, she finds herself immersed in a world that holds more secrets than she could imagine, even darker secrets than her own.

From #1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire, experience the perfect combination of her bestselling books Providence and Beautiful Disaster. This New Adult Sci-Fi Romance is an action-packed, whiplash-inducing roller-coaster ride. Page after page, this unpredictable, dark, and sexy nail-biter will keep readers guessing until the very end! 

Let me start with this: I love Jamie McGuire. I love her books and the stories she shares with us, but I just couldn't get on with Apolonia. 

When the book opens, we meet Rory, a young girl with a harrowing past who also happens to be immortal for some reason. Now, I can't remember why she is immortal being explained in the book at all. Maybe I missed it? I don't know, but I just remember the word "immortal" popping up and thinking, what?! 

Anyway, as the story unfolds, Rory begins to open up thanks to the help of two people in her life, Cyrus and Benji but there's some secret floating about over a rock that her and Cy are helping Dr. Z collect data over. She has feelings for the both of them and can't really decide who she likes more. 

This book is billed as being a sci-fi book but for me it felt like two books mashed together, the first half was about a damaged young college girl finding her way again (what I like to call the NA section) and the second half (after Cy's arrest) the sci-fi. Never did the two genres really meet and that frustrated me. It seemed like Jamie started writing a story like the kind she normally does and the BAM! SCI-FI!

The book also didn't get moving fast enough for me. A lot of nothing happens before it all implodes and the action starts. I did enjoy the second half more than the first but not enough for it to rescue the book for me. I guess the second half is the reason why I gave the book 3 stars and not a lower rating.

Apolonia ends with a somewhat open ending that suggests there could be a sequel, but I honestly don't know if I will read it.

1 comment:

  1. First, the love triangle is the one reason why I probably won't pick this up. Second, the lack of seamless unification between two genres would also drive me insane. This one is not for me, most def.


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